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Federico's Bakery Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Sodium Bisulfite

John Lee
(626)357-3243 X13

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Duarte, CA -- February 23, 2006 -- FEDERICO'S BAKERY of Duarte, California is recalling its "Apricot-filled Butter Cookies" because they contain Sodium-Bisulfite in the Apricot filling. People who have allergies to sulfites run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

The recalled "Apricot-filled Butter Cookies" were distributed in California in retail stores. The product comes in a clear plastic package and is contained in the following item numbers:

Item No.DescriptionSize
VS 118Italian Deluxe Assortment13.50 oz
VS 119Fancy Butter Cookie Assortment11.50 oz
VS 122Butter Cookie Apricot Center11.50 oz
VS 123Assorted Butter Cookies11.50 oz
V118Deluxe Italian Assortment32 oz
V119Fancy Butter Cookies32 oz

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

The recall was initiated after it was discovered that the Sodium-Bisulfite containing product was distributed in packaging that did not reveal the presence of Sodium- Bisulfite. Subsequent investigation indicates the problem was caused by not properly labeling the Sodium-Bisulfite in the packages.

Consumers who have purchased the packages above are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-626-357-3243 extension 13.


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